RBI's rate cut reflects India's ambition to boost economic growth: NITI Aayog Vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar

  • NITI Aayog Vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar said with several steps taken by the government in the past couple of months to boost the economy, growth is expected to be around 6.5 percent this year, although it is 'lower than expected'

  • Given all the work done in the last couple of months and today's RBI's fifth consecutive rate cut you can see that everything is focused now in accelerating growth further, he said

  • The central bank on Friday cut its benchmark lending rate by 0.25 percent to revive growth that has hit a six-year low at 5 percent

New Delhi: NITI Aayog Vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar on Friday said the RBI's fifth consecutive rate cut reflects India's overall ambition to accelerate economic growth to touch 8 percent sooner rather than later.

Speaking here at the India Economic Summit, Kumar said with several steps taken by the government in the past couple of months to boost the economy, growth is expected to be around 6.5 percent this year, although it is "lower than expected".

"Given all the work done in the last couple of months and today's RBI's fifth consecutive rate cut you can see that everything is focused now in accelerating growth further.

 RBIs rate cut reflects Indias ambition to boost economic growth: NITI Aayog Vice-chairman Rajiv Kumar

File image of Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog. PIB image

"And we do want to have this growth probably at 6.5 percent this year, which is lower than what we expect. We want it to go up to 8 percent sooner rather than later," he said.

The central bank on Friday cut its benchmark lending rate by 0.25 percent to revive growth that has hit a six-year low at 5 percent.

With the reduction, the repo rate, at which it lends to the system, will come down to 5.15 percent. It will bring down borrowing costs for home and auto loans, which are now directly linked to this benchmark.

Stressing that India is achieving progress on raising the growth rate to higher trajectory and sustaining it there, Kumar said, "We have a very ambitious growth target".

The bottom line is, there is going to be a continued focus on improving investment and business climate in India across states, Kumar said.

On the question of building up India's infrastructure, he said: "The only thing we want to do now is to attract more long-term funding".

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Updated Date: Oct 04, 2019 15:30:02 IST